Jump to content


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Kerschbaumer

  1. Ok, thanks - I will play around with that. Thanks for the help.
  2. Currently running a single 12+ year old 27" apple cinema display off my 2018 Macbook and I think time has come to replace it. Monitor works fine but speakers stopped working and makes zoom meetings difficult. New apple 27" looks nice (and expensive) but find myself tempted by the slew of ultra wide monitors and find myself attracted to something around the 34" range curved. Of utmost importance is I dont want any integration issues with Mac OS and I like USB-C/Thunderbolt connections. I do need a web cam and speakers for zoom meetings. Not keen on 2x monitors and would prefer everthing on 1 monitor. Been just fine for long time with 27" but more real estate would be a good thing. I dont do high end rendering or any photo stuff but appreciate a quality image and proper functionality. Can anyone offer some advice and help with suggestions? Black Friday just around the bend and all.
  3. Thanks Pat, I dont see any mention of Data Visualization and maybe will play around with viewports.
  4. I use VW in a simple way best described as a 2d digital pencil drawing lines and polygons with minimal classes and historically publish to PDF in B&W. I draw on my computer screen with a black background and use colours associated to line weights I find myself wanting to publish my pdf such that only the dimensions are in colour or maybe a couple other select items to enhance readability of the pdf or on paper, but keep the bulk of my drawing in B&W. I dont use viewports (havent been able to wrap my head around how they work) and typically do all my drafting on a 'rough' sheet/layer then cut and paste finished drawings to sheets A1, A2 etc. Can someone advise if there is a way to do this, simply, without changing the entire way I draw and structure my drawings? (old dog new tricks sort of thing). Thanks in advance Mark
  5. Awesome - Thanks Pat!! I figured it was something simple but have never noticed that tick box before - very much appreciated!
  6. It doesnt seem to matter - - I engage the Text tool and it is solid - soon as I click to type it goes to 'None"....baffling
  7. For some reason, all of a sudden my text has no fill and I cannot seem to set it so that by default it does. If I set the default fill to solid in the Attributes pallette - soon as I click to start typing it reverts to 'no fill'. Any ideas?
  8. Thanks Pat, that works! admittedly I am not very good at figuring out such things out and stil drafting the same way I did when I started 20 eyars ago. Now if only someone could wrap my brain around view ports....
  9. I been using VW for 20 years and now finally having a look at managing the seemingly endless string of classes that are part of every DWG file I import - (generally a Topographical survey). Until now been always deleting all imported classes because it made a mess out of my files. So let me get this straight - the only way to clean up and organize these things is to manually - one by one- change the class name or use some form of programming code??? Seriously??? Why the hell cant we just create a 'new' sub class and drag em all in there...come on guys
  10. Thankyou All - Sounds pretty unanimous. David S - I do like the sound of 40% better work flow. What sparked my question was attending Buildex trade show and VW had a booth there and was able to speak with the rep and see some demo of his work and was very inspring. Does anyone know of a tutorial/video/resource that would provide an overview/framework for how the file would be set up and design process unfold? Full disclosure I havent looked very hard yet on my own, just a quick scan of web is all.
  11. Hi Been long struggling with the idea to overhaul my workflow to draw in 3d using VW, but am paralyzed by fear and anger at time spent being hung up. I am approaching the group to (hopefully) offer some sage advice based on your experiences with this. My question here is in the context of Single Family residential wood frame construction. Some quick background - been using VW since version 6 (1998) - Our office had just started with CAD and we hired a top gun to coach us using wall tool etc which we soon abandoned and to this day I draw in 2d using mostly only lines and polygons (no wall tool). I export my 2d plans to Sketchup and model from there - primarily for presentation purposes. The VW 3D died for us largely because the energy and effort expended to accurately represent for us what we wanted was such a time waster that we found it faster and more linear to draw in 2d. Typically, when I draw my plans,sections and elevations they are all 100% accurate in terms of assemblies, eave conditions, fascia, window trim etc etc and wonder if in order to draft in 3d do I have to let a part of that 'thinking' go in order to allow VW to digest what is happening and make it back up in 2d drawn details? Anyways, enough rambling - I would very much appreciate learning the experience of others who have already made the change I am considering, and also appreciate any advice or resources that you feel may help. Thanks in advance
  12. VW2019. Thanks for info - problem fixed, somehow wiggled out of Plan View so hit ctrl 5 and all good. I figured it was something simple but was at a loss, dont recall having that happen before. Thanks Kevin.
  13. I cannot seem to snap or smart cursor to an object such as a line or rectangle inside a group. Am hoping it is a simple toggle setting I have not been able to figure out, dont recall this happening on older VW versions. Thanks in advance Mark
  14. Seriously scratching my head here and not having any luck fixing problem. Courier font works fine, Arial does not. Not about to change fonts after 20 years... attached a pic of the print out using both fonts.
  15. Thanks rDesign Have read through and tried all suggestions you posted. I use Arial font for everything. I did print from Preview and it worked fine. I also did the font validation and there was a yellow warning for it which I corrected by resetting default fonts and now all green light. Interesting when I change the font to Courier it works fine. When I print from Adobe Reader and a very old version of Acrobat Pro they both are garbled. Only thing I can think of is that there something that VW2019 does when it generates the pdf that Adobe products dont like in the font......Have pent half the day and half my ink trying to sort this out....
  16. When I publish a pdf set of drawings then print them out on my printer all of the text is garbled. Am running VW 2019 with latest up to date service pack and my HP 7740 print driver is is also up to date, I am on a new macbook pro running High Sierra 10.13.6. When I use the 'file' 'export' 'export to PDF' command and check the 'rasterize text' option the text then prints just fine. Using the 'Publish' sommand it does not give me that option and text always garbles. Attached are pics. The first is of the on-screen pdf as generated by VW. The next is the garbled text print out using the 'Publish' command and the third is using PDF Export command. I recently switched from VW2013 and never had this problem. I opened up some old PDFs that were genereated from VW2013 and the problem does not exist. In v2013 there was no 'Publish' option, we had to use 'export PDF Batch'. Thanks in advance
  17. Brilliant - thank you! somehow it didn't make it through - all good now
  18. I am sure there is an obvious answer but as usual searching help or googling don't answer this simple question. I cannot figure out how to import a PDF! My old VW 2013 had an import option but it has vanished in my 2019. Thanks for your patience with me...
  19. I draw purely in 2D using lines and polygons/rectangles. In older versions of VW I would plunk my window into a wall and 'cut' the wall with a temporary line to break it. Now when I do this it also breaks up the rectangle I have that represents the jamb which I don't want. Older versions used to leave the rectangle intact. Is there a fix or work around to this aside from using a addition number of key strokes to remove the rectangle then paste in place when I am done cutting? Thanks in advance
  20. Hi Just made the leap from VW 2013 to 2019 and am having problem with a custom script pallette we had made 20 years ago that allows me to easily set lineweights. Have been able to use it with out problems through all the years but now does not seem to work. I have confirmed the script is the same as it was on my v2013 and it works there. Also have another script pallette to change line weights and that one seems to work fine. Attached here is a screenshot of the pallette, the error message, and the script. Any help would be much appreciated. I very much value being able to keep same setup and workflow as before and do realize there are other ways to change lineweights, but this is simple and very familiar to me. thanks in advance. Regards Mark
  21. Am a sole practitioner designing houses and dont use any of the 3D or other fancy tools,
  22. Indeed it was and I clung onto it as long as I could. When I finally made the jump to 2013 it always boggles my mind that, while they do fix and improve somethings, they seem to also undo little good things that existed in earlier versions. For example - in 2013 when I generate a pdf - VW requires me to click to ok acknowledge it has successfully generated the pdf - like it wants me to say 'good job VW' before I am allowed to keep working. Oh, and my most hated one is when I draw sections and have rectangles for plates and joists and then have to trim some lines that touch the rectangle - the bloody thing trims the rectangle too and turns it into a 3 sided polyline!! Makes me want to scream. I must click my mouse a million times a day and if I was VW I would design future updates to reduce the number of clicks I need to make - not add to them for no aparent benefit Sorry, I had to rant. I'll stop now
  23. I am already on VW 2013, was tough move as I loved 12.5
  24. Mouse is clean, snaps are off - It doesnt seem to help - I am thinking maybe my Macbook is the issue now - I guess I spend all day on VW so notice it most there but my computer does sort of hang up - it is 7 years old. Problem is if I upgrade my laptop - I pretty much have to upgrade my license and am not ready for such a big hit
  • Create New...